Courtesy of the Bronx Zoo
Visit a New York zoo and New York aquarium for wonderful family activities
throughout the year.
An easy New York subway ride, bus trip, or ferry sail can take you to
lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my! As well as sharks, gorillas,
penguins, pandas, lemurs, and so many more exotic animals. All this wildlife, right here in New York City!
Enjoy the Bronx Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo (Brooklyn Zoo) and Wildlife Center, the New York Aquarium,
Central Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, and
the Staten Island Zoo.
Bronx Zoo Address
: Bronx Park - 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460
Phone number: 718-367-1010
Bronx Zoo Hours: Daily, November 4–March 29, 2013: 10am-4:30pm*
March 30-November 3, 2013: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm*; Weekends & Holiday, 10am.-5:30pm*
*Animal exhibits close a half hour prior to park closing. The Bug Carousel and 4-D Theater are open until closing.
The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Bronx Zoo General Admission Tickets
Adult - $16.95; Child (Ages 3–12) - $11.95; Senior (65+) - $14.95; Children under 3 years old are always free!
Wednesday is a suggested donation day. Suggested donation is $16 for
adults, $12 for children, and $14 for seniors. Every dollar you give
supports our work in caring for animals at the Bronx Zoo and around the
All-Day Parking: Car - $15/Bus - $18
WINTER Total Experience Tickets
(WINTER Total Experience includes Zoo admission plus unlimited access to
the Special Rides & Attractions available on the day of your visit.
Check signs at park entry for daily listing of "Today's Total
January - March: Adult - $20.95
; Child (Ages 3-12) - $15.95; Senior (65+) - $18.95
Bronx Zoo Special Rides & Attractions
Congo Gorilla Forest - Your special entry fee directly supports WCS field research: $5/ Free Jan-Mar
Zucker Bug Carousel - Take a spin on our one-of-a-kind ride: $3
JungleWorld - See gibbons, otters, tapirs and more inside our Asian jungle: $4
Bronx Zoo U.S. Military Discount Program
The Bronx Zoo offers year-round discounts to any active duty or reserve members of the U.S. Military when they present a valid military ID at the admissions gate. Discounted tickets are available at the admissions booths only, not through our online ticket store.
Discount includes: FREE Total Experience Ticket or General Admission ticket*
50% discount for up to three family members included on the same admissions transaction.*
*Military discounts are not applicable on Wednesdays at the Bronx Zoo or on Fridays after 3:00 p.m. at the New York Aquarium.
Please note that some exhibits and rides are open weather permitting. All prices and schedules are subject to change.
More Information: Official Bronx Zoo website
Zoos and Aquariums
Prospect Park Zoo and Wildlife Center
Prospect Park Brooklyn Zoo Address: Prospect Park - 450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone number: 718-399-7339
Prospect Park Zoo Hours: The Prospect Park Zoo is open 365 days a year.
Fall/Winter hours (November 4–March 29) - 10am-4:30pm, daily
Spring/Summer hours (March 30–November 3) - 10am-5pm, Monday–Friday; 10am-5:30pm, Weekends & holidays
Prospect Park Zoo General Admission Tickets
Adult - $8; Child (Ages 3-12) - $5; Senior (65+) - $6; Children under 3 years old are always free!
New York Aquarium
Address: Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk - Surf Avenue & West 8th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Phone number: 718-265-3474
New York Aquarium Hours: The NY Aquarium in Coney Island is open
Fall/Winter/Spring hours (September 3-May 23) - 10am-4:30 daily (last entry at 3:30pm)
Summer hours (May 24-September 2) - 10am-6pm (last entry at 5pm)
NY Aquarium General Admission Tickets (includes admission to 4-D Theater)
Ages 3 and up - $11.95; Children under 3 years old are always free!
SpongeBob SquarePants 4-D: The Great Jelly Rescue
There's a brand new 4-D adventure bubbling up at the NY Aquarium! Dive into a thrilling, multi-dimensional adventure with SpongeBob SquarePants and friends (one theater admission included with your NY Aquarium ticket).
More Information: Official New York Aquarium website
Central Park Wildlife Center and Tisch Children's Zoo
Central Park Zoo Address: Central Park - 5th Avenue & East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021
Phone number: 212-439-6500
Central Park Zoo Hours
The Central Park Zoo is open 365 days a year.
Winter hours, Nov 4, 2012-Mar 29, 2013: Daily 10am-4:30pm*
Summer hours, Mar 30-Nov 3, 2013: Monday–Friday 10am-5pm*
Weekends & Holidays 10am-5:30pm*
*Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
Central Park Zoo General Admission Tickets
General Admission tickets include entry to the Main Zoo and Tisch Children's Zoo.
Adult - $12; Child (Ages 3-12) - $7; Senior (65+) - $9
; Children under 3 years old are always free!
Total Experience Tickets
Total Experience tickets include entry to the Main Zoo, Tisch Children's Zoo, and one admission to the 4-D Theater.
Adult - $18; Child (Ages 3-12) - $13; Senior (65+) - $15
Central Park Zoo 4-D Theater
Two family-friendly short films, Planet Earth: Ice Worlds
from BBC Earth and Dora & Diego's 4-D Adventure
, rotate in our 4-D theater. The visual drama of these 3-D films is heightened by a variety of sensory effects in the theater, from water mist, blustery winds, and snow to bubbles, scents, seat vibrations, and enhanced floor lighting.
Ages 3 & up - $7; WCS Members - $4
More Information: Official Central Park Zoo website
Queens Zoo and Wildlife Center
Queens Zoo Address:
Flushing Meadows Corona Park - 53-51 111th Street, Flushing, NY 11368
Phone number: 718-271-1500
Queens Zoo Hours
The Queens Zoo is open 365 days a year.
Fall/Winter hours (November 4–March 29) - 10am-4:30pm, daily
Spring/Summer hours (March 30–November 3) - 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday
10am-5:30pm, Weekends & holidays
Queens Zoo Admission Tickets
Last ticket sold 30 minutes prior to closing.
Adults - $8; Children (3–12) - $5; Seniors (65+) - $6; Children under 3 years old are always free!
Members of the Wildlife Conservation Society receive free admission.
More Info: Official Queens Zoo website
Staten Island Zoos
Staten Island Zoo
Staten Island Zoo Address: Barrett Park - 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310
Phone number: 718-442-3100
Staten Island Zoo Hours
Open 7 days a week 10am-4:45pm
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day
Every Wednesday 2pm-4:45pm - Free Admission for all
Staten Island Zoo General Admission Tickets
Adults (15 and over)
- $8, Seniors (60 and over) - $6; Children (3-14) - $5; Children under 3 years old are always free!
Free admission on Wednesday after 2pm, donations welcome.
Parking is free every day, with the exception of Special Events.
More Info: Official Staten Island Zoo website
Highlighted Annual Events at New York City Zoos
2014 Family Overnight Safaris at the Bronx Zoo
Date: June 7-8, September 13-14, September 27-28
Our Most Popular Family Tradition! With new surprises...
Ever thought about catching some zzz’s in the company of zebras? How about snoozing with the snow leopards? Well, dreams come true on the Bronx Zoo’s Family Overnight Safari. After another sold-out series last year, our overnights are back!
As always, you and your family (children 5 and older) will be treated to fun-filled activities, such as Late Night at the Bronx Zoo, in which you meet a variety of amazing animal guests. Along with some new surprises and a late-night snack to keep the energy going, this extraordinary event is sure to create memories your family will treasure. Sign up soon – space is limited.
Bring your own tent, sleeping bags, and picnic dinner. Beverages, dessert, late-night snack, and breakfast, will be provided. No need for alarm clocks, our vocal sea lions will provide the wake-up call.
Overnights begin at 4:30pm and end at 10am the following day. Reserve a space in one of our four events now!
Children 5 years and older, with adult. $175 per person ($165 for members)
Address: Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460
Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo
Date: September and October 2014
Celebrate a New York Halloween tradition! Come visit our bats, tiger cubs, and creepy-crawly critters and enjoy the crisp fall weather at the zoo. Take the family on a hayride, explore a Haunted Mansion, and enjoy music, magic and more. Treat stations around the park will sweeten your visit.
Address: Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road (second entrance at Southern Boulevard and East 182nd), Bronx, NY
We're celebrating National Bison Day with an array of bison-themed activities at the Bronx Zoo. Learn about these mighty mammals and our long history fighting to conserve them.
Event Highlights include: Scavenger Hunt - Put your observation skills to the test while working on a bison-inspired scavenger hunt that will lead you to a special prize; Bison Busters - True or False? A male bison can weigh up to a ton. See how well you know the American Bison by playing Bison Busters!; Bison Biofacts - Have you ever wondered what bison fur feels like or what their horn is made out of? Make sure to stop by the bison biofact table on Astor Court where you'll get to experience some amazing animal artifacts; Volunteer Chats - The Bronx Zoo Volunteers encourage you to visit them at the bison exhibit to learn about the largest land animal in North America. Bring your cameras - you won't want to miss a chance of snapping a shot of these American Icons.
Address: Bronx Zoo, Astor Court